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Amid Rohingya crisis Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly meet

17 Setiembre 2017
Amid Rohingya crisis Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly meet

UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on Myanmar to suspend military action in the restive Rakhine state from where hundreds and thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

"The 'Operation Insaniyat' is launched to help those are in need, according to which, the relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments, the first tranche of which will be brought to Chittagong by an Indian Air Force plane on September 14", a press statement read.

Some 370,000 Rohingyas have over the past three weeks fled to neighbouring Bangladesh amid what Myanmar's authorities describe as a clearing operation by security forces after a series of Rohingya militant attacks on police and army posts killed 12 people in the country's western Rakhine state on August 25.

This development came days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar". They are also subjected to forced labour and forced sterilisation.

These include reducing the population growth of the Rohingyas by gradual imposition of restrictions on their marriages and by application of all possible methods of oppression and suppression against them, denying them higher studies, government jobs, ownership of lands, shops and buildings.

A Rohingya girl peeps out from her temporary shelter in Nepal.

During the tour hosted by Bangladesh's government, the group of international visitors saw thousands of people living in squalid conditions in makeshift shelters.

At least 100 people have died since late August - mostly from drowning - while trying to cross the border into Bangladesh, local officials told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

In 1982, a citizenship law allowed the Rohingya to apply for citizenship only if they could speak an officially recognized language and had proof their family had lived in the country before independence. In order for a country's survival, the survival of a race, or in defense of national sovereignty, crimes against humanity or in-human acts may justifiably be committed as Hitler and the Holocaust.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic-minority group that has lived as a people in Myanmar for centuries.

Indonesians, however, have shown solidarity with the Rohingya, carrying out regular protests to support them.

He said the initial group dispersed when police arrived but a mob of around 50 men wielding sticks and knives struck in another part of town.

Other Rohingya have been living in camps for displaced people within Myanmar.

Suu Kyi has repeatedly denied accusations of human-rights abuses against the Rohingya or that ethnic cleansing has taken place.

The Myanmar government has blamed Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents for fomenting the latest cycle and for burning Rohingya villages, although eyewitnesses have reported that members of the military and local militia were targeting Rohingya civilians.

The youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 20-year-old Malala Yousafzai, has called on Suu Kyi to condemn the treatment of the Rohingya.